Thursday, November 01 11:22:38
Last month saw a slight fall - of 1,000 - in the numbers signing on the Live Register but the underlying unemployment rate held steady at 14.8pc, latest CSO figures showed this morning.
This brings the seasonally adjusted unemployed total to 434,200, it said.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from the most recent Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) was also 14.8pc in the second quarter of 2012.
In unadjusted terms there were 420,172 people signing on the Live Register in October 2012. This represents an annual decrease of 10,260 (-2.4pc).
The trend in the overall Live Register continues to be one of movement within a small range, the CSO noted.
On a seasonally adjusted basis the Live Register showed a monthly decrease of 700 males in October 2012, while females decreased by 300 over the same period.
The number of male claimants decreased by 9,050 (-3.3pc) to 268,545 over the year and female claimants decreased by 1,210 (-0.8pc) to 151,627.
This compares with a decrease of 4,004 (-1.4pc) to 277,595 for males and an increase of 4,883 (+3.3pc), to 152,837 for females in the year to October 2011.
The number of long term claimants on the Live Register in October 2012 was 188,117. The number of male long term claimants increased by 2,657 (+2.0pc) in the year to October 2012, while the comparable increase for females was 5,687 (+11.5pc) giving an overall annual increase of 8,344 (+4.6pc) in the number of long term claimants.